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Warriors ratchet up the streaks: 18 this season, 22 dating to last season

AP Photo/Tony Avelar

The Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 120-101 on Saturday, pulling closer to the best beginning of a season in the four major North American pro sports.

With their NBA-record 18th consecutive win to begin the season, the Warriors are within two of the St. Louis Maroons of the Union Association, who started the 1884 baseball season with 20 victories, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Maroons won the championship that season.

Dating to last season, the Warriors have won 22 consecutive games. That matches the 2007-08 Rockets for the third-longest win streak in NBA history. The only longer win streaks are 27 games by the 2012-13 Heat and 33 games by the 1971-72 Lakers.

Based on calculations performed before Saturday's game, ESPN's Basketball Power Index projects the Warriors will finish with 69 victories this season.

BPI gives the Warriors a 70 percent chance to win the NBA title.

Individual highlights

Draymond Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double in two nights. Elias Sports Bureau research shows he is the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964.

Stephen Curry was 3-for-6 on 3-pointers, but he wasn't the most accurate long-range shooter named Curry in this game. His brother, Seth Curry, was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers for the Kings.

Stephen Curry has 1,281 3-pointers for his career, 35th on the all-time NBA list. Seth Curry is 1,273 behind his brother.

Stephen Curry finished with 19 points, 17 of them in the first quarter.